Globus Notebooks – Awkward English

Globus Notebooks – Awkward English

It is a glorious time here in Germany, even though students in Rheinland-Pfalz just got out of school, it seems, due to the staggered vacation scheduling (which I will probably post about in more detail later), students in Nordrhein-Westfalen are already heading back! This means that, even though everyone here is deep into vacation, there are school supplies everywhere! I love buying office and organizational supplies, even though I am one of the least organized people you will ever meet.

The Verlobter and I walked into Globus with his family, and after I managed to tear myself away from the 1€ bin, I was greeted with this beautiful sight.

Globus Stationary

I actually became so deeply engrossed that the Verlobter moved on without me, realized I was missing, and then started calling my name across the store. I hollered back that I would be awhile and he continued on.

I’m on a budget right now, so I unfortunately could not go crazy – and I just got 30 gel pens from Lidl, so I just picked up a teacher planner for my upcoming classes (still freelancing) and a set of desk organizer bins for my new gel pens and all the other crap I keep around and probably don’t need. I did spot some great notebooks however.

Globus Awkward English Notebooks

Desert-themed school supplies seemed to be quite popular this year, I spotted a display elsewhere that had macaron erasers, so this notebook wasn’t surprising. And “Enjoy Life” and “Be Happy” are decent bits of advice, but “Sweet Love” just strikes me as really awkward, so into the Awkward English section it goes.

I assume the other notebook is meant to balance out the sugary cuteness by being all dark and science-y, and what is more science-y then vomiting a random English word cloud onto a notebook meant for German school children. While writing this, I just noted that the word “vandalism” was included, and now I really want to know what text the stationary company used to generate this thing.

In an only slightly related note, Germans don’t seem to be that into mechanical pencils. In fact, they teach their children how to write with fountain pens. I’m going to have to pick up a jumbo pack of those cheapo Bic (or Target brand) mechanical pencils when I’m back in the US.

Just for funsies, I made a word cloud for The American Faultier using HTML5 World Cloud.

American Faultier Word Cloud

5 thoughts on “Globus Notebooks – Awkward English

  1. When I first came to Germany and started a prep-course for the TestDaF, Marco got me a Schultüte, and he put a fountain pen in it. Being an American, of course I have never written with one. He even bought me ink refills and everything. Over 2 years later, it is still full of ink at the bottom of a drawer somewhere because I despise writing with it. I like to press too hard, and it just doesn’t write very smoothly (which is 100% because I probably write improperly). Ugh. Germans are just too proper.

    Ballpoints 4 lyfe.

    1. I got a fancy fountain pen for Christmas, and while I do actually like writing with it, I’m scared I’m going to lose it! I almost never use it because I work freelance and would be too anxious carrying it around with me. So I stick with my 30 pack of gel pens from Lidl.

  2. Use the fountain pen! (And spill the details about it, because I am a bit of a pen geek myself.) Get a second one so the first one does not seem quite so precious. Then get a third one because it is a pretty color or has a different nib. Then get a converted so you can use bottled ink. Then you will be on a slippery slope that 30 packs of gel pens cannot touch.

    1. It’s a Waterman and it’s already converted to use bottled ink! If I had an office, I would bring it to work, but I work somewhere different all the time because I freelance and that’s just too much of a risk!

  3. Waterman? Niiiiice.I have a bunch of Lamys for everyday, knockaround use. They are cute, durable, and not so pricy that you feel guilty if something happens to one. Made in Germany, too!

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